Plugin Galaxy provides several useful preset coordinate
options when you right click on the coordinates you see in parentheses
at bottom left of the preview window. However, the precise placement of the cross
hairs elsewhere in an image can be quite tricky and frustrating. Creating
something like the band of stars above would have driven me nuts if I
hadn't come up with a better way. (These stars and two other variations
are included with my Freebie presets.) In later releases of the plugin Harry
will no doubt provide a real time coordinate feature such as that you
have in your application, but in the meantime here are a couple of easy
ways you can ensure you get multiple coordinates right.
Before you open Plugin Galaxy, use your paintbrush
to place a tiny but obvious dot on the parent layer in your
application precisely where you will want your Plugin Galaxy crosshairs
to be. (Don't worry about messing up the image you are working on,
as you will go back and Undo this step later.)
In Plugin Galaxy, get your effects and layers
roughly as you want them.
Turn Autopreview Off. You will now be able to see
your dot/s on the parent layer.
Move through the Plugin Galaxy layer stack
positioning the crosshairs by clicking on the dot/s you see on the
parent background layer.
Turn Autopreview back on and voila! All your effects
will have exactly the same coordinates, or very close to it.
If the dot is visible when you turn Autopreview back
on, Undo the dot step in your
application and hit "Last Filter Applied".
Another way, which works really well for more complex
things like the star band shown, is to create a grid pattern as a temporary
background for your effects. To create a grid:
Open a new image with a dark background.
Turn on View Grid and set the grid preferences
so that the grid is a bright, contrasting color. Set grid
dimensions that will suit your purposes.
Crop the image so that you see a perfect set of
Take a screen shot of the image with the Print
Screen button and paste the clipboard to a new image.
Crop the pasted image so you have only the
snapshot of the grid.
Save the file for use whenever you need it.
In Plugin Galaxy, work against the grid image to set
up your Plugin Galaxy effects and follow the
procedures suggested for Method 1.
When you're satisfied, exit Plugin Galaxy and get
rid of the grid.
Return to Plugin Galaxy and apply your perfectly
coordinated effects against
the background, photo etc. of your choice.